Colliding into each other at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, a spark was ignited and that’s how Mars McClanes was born. Corley and Russ have since then been writing music. The name references the science and gymnastics facilities. You could say their lyrical science is tight, and music styles flexible.
Mars McClanes combines a sense of humour with surroundings, to produce great lyrics for listening pleasure. Their latest release “Day Is Done” proves their prowess with music production.
“Day Is Done” by The Mars McClanes is about that moment in your 20s when you finally understand that the love you earn overtime beats the kind you rush into.
The track’s plaintive vocals and atmospheric guitars are buoyed by layered rhythms.
In a recent interview with Mister Styx of Musicarenagh the duo made some revelations about their musical growth and personal lives. Get the full story below
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What is your stage name?
The Mars McClanes
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Where do you find inspiration?
Things we find funny and things we regret.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
My first musical memory was hearing hearing an AM radio by my dad‘s garage workbench play Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love a Rainy Night.” So that song reminds me of building my losing car in the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
No, maybe that’s why. No one else was interested in music, so it could be my thing—instant individual identity.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
When I heard the first 10 seconds of U2‘s “Bullet the Blue Sky,” I was hooked. You can feel it in all the right places in your molars.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play? I learned to play by mimicking Led Zeppelin records to unwind after football practice.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
The first mesmerizing show I saw was the Old 97‘s at Satellite Lounge in Houston Texas in 1998 in support of the Too Far To Care record. I’ve never seen a band win over a crowd so quickly.
How would you describe your music?
We’re an Alt-Country band easily distracted by other genres.
Describe your creative process.
Sometimes we start with drums or a bass line. But usually we mumble nonsense over acoustic guitars until a few usable lines leak out of our subconscious thought, then we build a song around that. Then, edit mercilessly.
What is your main inspiration?
Throwing a new song into the Mars McClanes’ full band machine and seeing what beautiful nasty monster comes out.
What musician do you admire most and why?
Again, the Old 97‘s—a dozen consistently great albums into a third decade. Switchfoot’s “Fading West,” Radney Foster’s “See What You Want to See,” and The Samples’ “The Last Drag.” All looking at love and loss from different angles, all nailing it.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career? You start out with a Gorilla amp and a Metal Zone pedal, and then fight boredom by bingeing on pedals. By 2025, my pedalboard will have its own Congressman.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Clocks and calendars
What are your interests outside of music?
Paul attacks math’s greatest quandaries while raising the state’s fastest turtle. Corley pens novels. Russ hikes and reads.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Gossiping thoughtlessly about people with good music careers.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
Too many artistic choices available… We should probably lock ourselves in a room with three instruments and a microphone, and enjoy the limitations.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I would ask a higher being to grant the people who possess raw musical talent more grit. The best ones keep quitting.
What are your plans for the coming months?
Writing/recording over the winter and more live shows next summer